05/29/2014 Thanks for your helpful input on our library survey

Bottom line results:  You told us you want more space for meetings
and classes but are not too interested in the library becoming a community
center or exercise space. You also want self-checkout and Wi-Fi printing. And
you expressed interest in expanded evening hours and being open on Sundays.  Here are more details:

  • Most respondents feel your library should focus on
    early literacy, information and entertainment, and lifelong learning
    programs.
  • Most still prefer print books but almost 40 percent
    like both print and e-Books.
  • For audio books, most prefer them on CD rather than
    downloadable.
  • Regarding new technology, you want self-checkout
    stations, Wi-Fi printing and a 3D printer.
  • Regarding new programs, you’d like a tutoring/homework
    center, career/job coaching and support for home-school groups.
  • You’d like your library to be open later in the
    evening, even if that means opening later in the morning, and on Sundays.
  • You’d like more space in the library for a coffee
    shop, quiet reading, community meetings, more books, a dedicated computer
    lab and study rooms.  One quarter of
    you say the library is fine just as it is.

      “We are very thankful to everyone who
took the time to complete our survey,” said Jackie Welch, library
director.  “Your library is here to serve
the community, and the only way we know if we are fulfilling our mission is if
you tell us what you want and how we are doing. 
On an ongoing basis, we welcome all comments, both good and bad, so we
can serve you better.”  Welch said her
only disappointment was that so few non-library users filled out the
survey.  Stay tuned to this Library News
column for changes that will be made as a result of your input, and as the
library Board of Trustees prepares a new five-year master plan.

 

Summer Reading Program

            Sign
up now for this year’s free Summer Reading Program June 2 through July 25.  You can register online via a link on our
website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/ or in the library.  Summer reading activities are open to everyone
from babies to adults.  Also, summer
reading participants should mark your calendars for a free all-ages closing
party on July 25 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. (after the library closes) that will
include award of prizes, refreshments and entertainment by the San Juan
Mountain Boys.  Detailed summer reading
schedules for all ages are available at the library. 

 

Free Medicare Basics session

            If you are turning
65 and have questions about Medicare, or living with a disability and wondering
if you are eligible, please join us Tuesday, June 3 from 10-11:30 a.m. for an
informative session organized by Area Agency on Aging.  RSVP to 264-0502.  

 

Free Melanie Milburn concert

            Join us Wednesday,
June 4 from 10-11 a.m. when singer/songwriter Melanie Milburn will present a
musical concert for our young patrons and their families.  Melanie will address the challenges of life
and growing up in a fun, upbeat celebration of life.

 

Free technology classes

            Meg
Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions
10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. 
A more formal session requiring registration is Excel Basics on
Wednesday, June 4 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. where you will learn how to use
spreadsheets.

 

Free adult movies are back

            Starting June 6,
every Friday from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. (note new time), you are invited for coffee,
popcorn and a movie for adults.  The
contract that we have for the movie licensing does not allow us to promote the
title of what we’re showing outside the library, such as in the newspaper or on
the radio.  If you want to know what show is playing on a given date, pick
up the monthly adult activities flyer at the library.

 

Free Friday movies for teens

            Starting June 6,
every Friday at noon teens are invited to a movie.  The contract that we have for the movie
licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what we’re showing outside
the library, such as in the newspaper or on the radio.  If you want to
know what show is playing on a given date, pick up the monthly teen activities
flyer at the library.

 

Free Friday movie for kids

            Starting
June 6, every Friday at 10 a.m., kids are invited to a movie.  The contract that we have for the movie
licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what we’re showing outside
the library, such as in the newspaper or on the radio.  If you want to
know what show is playing on a given date, pick up the monthly kids’ activities
flyer at the library.

 

 Free Thursday Kids’ Zone

            “Read with a
Ranger” is this week’s theme on Thursday, June 5 for first-third graders from
1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

 

Free teen fun on Wednesday

            Wednesday, June 4,
join us for Brush Bots (miniature robots made from a toothbrush and cell phone
motors) from 3-4:30 p.m.  Then stay for
Dungeons and Dragons from 4:30- 6 p.m.

 

Free teen gaming and crafts

            Every
Tuesday from 1:30-2:45 p.m. (note new time) we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii,
board games and Pokemon Card Battles, and you are welcome to bring other
trading card battle games. Snacks provided.

 

DVDs

            “Her” is this
year’s Academy Award winner for best original screenplay.  “The Shawshan Redemption” was nominated for
seven Academy Awards years ago.  “Teenage
Mutant Ninja Turtles” is their first live-action film.  “The Shining” stars Jack Nicholson.  “Doctor Zhivago” is the classic movie from
the Pasternak novel of Russia.  “Passage to India” was nominated for 11 Academy
Awards years ago.  “The Goonies” is a
Steven Spielberg film. 

 

Large print

            “Cavandon Hall” by
Barbara Taylor Bradford follows two families as World War I is looming.  “Live to See Tomorrow” by Iris Johansen is a
mystery set in Hong Kong.  “Robert B. Parker’s Cheap Shot” by Ace Atkins
is the latest in the Spenser mystery series. 
“Otherwise Engaged” by Amanda Quick is an historical thriller set in London.  “The Keeper” by John Lescroart is the latest
in the Dismay Hardy mystery series. “Field of Prey” by John Sandford is the
latest in the Lucas Davenport mystery series. 
“A Family Affair” by Fern Michaels is about a dancer adjusting to a new
lifestyle married to a prince.  “Chestnut Street” by
Maeve Binchy follows characters living on an imagined street in Dublin.  “Midnight Crossroad” by Charlaine Harris is a
novel set in the dried up western town of Midnight,
TX. 

           

Nonfiction

            “Toxin Toxout” by
environmentalists Bruce Lourie and Rick Smith shows you how to get harmful
chemicals out of your body and our world. 
“Divide” by journalist Matt Taibbi shows how growing wealth inequality
and mass incarceration of poor people determines results in our system of
justice.  “The Purpose Economy” by Aaron
Hurst describes how the pro bono market and new entrepreneurs are changing America.  “The Bombers and the Bombed” by Richard Overy
explores the Allied air war over Europe from
1940-1945.

                       

CDs

            “Finding Me” by
Michelle Knight with Michelle Burford is a memoir of the Cleveland kidnappings.  “Field of Prey” by John Sandford is the
latest in the Lucas Davenport mystery series. 
“Midnight Crossroad” by Charlaine Harris is a novel set in the dried up
western town of Midnight,
TX. 

 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

            “Field of Prey” by
John Sandford is the latest in the Lucas Davenport mystery series.  “Baudelaire’s Revenge” by Bob Van Laerhoven
takes readers on a sinister journey to Paris
in 1870.  “The Kill Switch” by James
Rollins and Grant Blackwood is the first in a new Sigma Forces series.

           

Thanks to our donors

            For books and
materials this week, we thank Kristal Fortune, Bob and Carole Howard,
 Mark Huerta, Jenny Iguchi, Kenneth Samela and Marcia Weanour.

 

Quotable Quote

            “Middle age is
when you’re sitting at home on a Saturday night and the telephone rings, and
you hope it isn’t for you.”  — Ogden
Nash (1902-1971), American poet known for his light verse,

 

Website

            For more information on library
books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from
the comfort of your home – please visit our website at
http://pagosa.colibraries.org/. 

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